Nancy Robinson

Nancy Robinson

( She/Her/Hers )
Professor Emerita
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Phone: (415) 244-5613

Nancy B. Robinson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Professor Emerita in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. She began her appointment at SF State in 2002 and retired in 2019.  During her tenure at SF State, she has served as a faculty member, program director, interim department chair, associate dean and interim dean.

Dr. Robinson continues to work with Dr. Gloria Soto as Co-Director of Project AAC for ALL, a grant funded by the USDOE/Office of Special Education Programs designed to prepare SLPs and Special Educators to provide AAC services with children and youth with diverse cultures and languages. Through a series of USDOE/OSEP personnel preparation grants, Drs. Robinson and Soto developed graduate specialization in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) that includes the SF State Graduate Certificate in AAC.

Educational Background

  • Education, Area of Special Education/Early Childhood Special Education, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington - 1987, Ph.D.
  • Speech Communication/Speech and Hearing Sciences, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon - 1975, M.S.
  • Speech Communication/ Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara - 1971, B.S.

Certification and Licenses

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1977- Present)
  • California State License in Speech and Language Pathology, Speech Language and Audiology Licensing Board (1999-Present)

Selected Publications

  • Solomon-Rice, P., Soto, G. & Robinson, N. (2018). Project Building Bridges: Training Speech- Language Pathologists to Provide Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Augmentative and Alternative Communication Services to School-Age Children with Diverse Backgrounds. Perspectives on Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Division 12. American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Perspectives, 3, 12, 186-204.
  • Solomon-Rice, P. & Robinson, N.B. (2015). Clinical Supervision and the Use of a Three-Tiered Hierarchical Approach to Evaluate Student Clinician Performance. Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, Division 11. American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Perspectives, 25(1):31
  • Robinson, N. & Soto, G. (2014). AAC in the Schools: Best Practices for Intervention. Verona, WI: Attainment Company.
  • Sadao, K. & Robinson, N. (2010) Assistive Technology for Young ChildrenCreating Inclusive Learning Environments. Brookes Publishing, Inc.: Baltimore, MD.
  • Sadao, K. & Robinson, N. (2007). Handbook on Developing and Evaluating Interagency Collaboration in Early Childhood Special Education Programs. Supporting Early Education Development Systems (SEEDS), CA: California Department of Education Press.
  • Robinson, N. (2012). The Doctoral degree in Special Education: Contributions to Speech-Language Pathology.Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, Division 10. American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Perspectives, 15, No. 2, 58-62.
  • Robinson, N. & Sadao, K. (January, 2011). Emergent Literacy in Early AAC. California Speech-Language and Hearing Association Magazine, January 10-11
  • Robinson, N. B., Graham, M. S., Epstein, L.  & Graham, B. J. (2008, April 15). Strategic Planning in CSD Programs: The San Francisco State Example. The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Leader.
  • Robinson, N. & Solomon-Rice, P. (2009). Supporting collaborative teams and families in
  • AAC.). In Practically Speaking: Language, Literacy, and Academic Development for Students with AAC Needs. Soto, G. & Zangari, C. (Eds.). Baltimore, MD: Paul H.
  • Brookes.
  • Robinson, N. & Robb, M. (2008). Early communication and assessment: A dynamic process. In Language and Communication Disorders in Children, Sixth Edition. Bernstein, D. & Tiegerman-Farber, E. (Eds). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Sadao, K. C., Robinson, N. B., & Grant, D. (Feb/Mar 2007). It’s all about access: Getting the word out about assistive technology in early intervention. Invited publication. Closing the Gap Newsletter, 25, 6, p. 1, 9-11.
  • Robinson, N. B. & Sadao, K. C. (2005). Person-focused learning: A collaborative teaching model to prepare future AAC professionals. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 21, 2, 149-163.


  • 2014 -  Honors of the Association, California Speech-Language and Hearing Association
  • 2013 -  Fellows of the Association, California Speech-Language and Hearing Association